As you guys may or may not know, Digg had a prominent article this morning that revealed a hack of HD-DVD players that allowed people to take the film off of the cd. At this point in time, every article on the digg main page has to do with the hack, except from a different angle. Apparently, Diggs coverage of the hack ticked off some important people in the copyright business. Now digg is reporting that they have to remove every entry that eludes to the hack. I thought it was pretty awesome that the articles on digg mustered over 10,000 diggs, which means that the hack must have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people (I am just making up numbers, but I bet they are reasonably close.).
I came into this class thinking I would learn about new forms of video editing and modern art, but on the first day I had a radical paradigm shift. As I learned, New Media has very little to do with traditional media or artwork. The first assignment, as we all know, was to write a blog post on something, anything. I, being the constant cynic, blogged about the uselessness of blogging. I could not wrap my mind around the idea that people could blog for fun; it felt disconnecting and meaningless. However, my prejudices were quickly swayed as I dove head first into the blogosphere. While I still don't consider myself an avid blogger (I only blog for the class), I have come to understand what is so special about blogging, it is, in fact, the community. I still can't quite understand why people would create their own blog that nobody reads, but knowing that our blog leads to a discussion amongst peers and friends seems extremely pertinent and important. Much like facebook, I live in the community I comment about and that's where I derive the drive to post and connect with others.
Has anybody here heard of the software Skype or does anybody in fact use it?
...I was hanging out in my friend's room the other day, when suddenly she told me that she needed to "Skype" her boss. Obviously, I was startled and quite confused...Apparently it is a recent form of communication that was first introduced back in 2003. It can be used to contact any number worldwide, at a cheaper cost, and from your computer. It also offers video-chat, for "Skype to Skype" users. This program appears to resemble the Macintosh "IChat" program, only with additional features, such as being able to contact a wider variety of people.
Hey guys, I have been working a little on our wiki over the past week and I wanted to get your opinions. Here is my page, Bumpkins. Basically, I have been throwing a bunch of random information on the page that maybe someone else in the class could have in common with me. Hopefully, everyone was envisioning something like this. Secondly, here is an example of a page, Bowling. I basically put a little bit of info about bowling, and then said why I put it there.
I just watched the new South Park episode entitled "The Snuke", which is a parody of the show 24. In this episode Kyle (and later, government officials) track down a Russian terrorist from Kyle's bedroom by cross-referencing user profile information on websites such as eBay, YouTube, PayPal, MySpace, J-Date, eHarmony, Google maps, and Mapquest. I was amused. :) It reminded me of our discussion in class about the extent to which we release personal information on the web and the potential it has to cause trouble...!
Are there people examining journalism and new media as their midterm projects? I found this article which I think would be worth looking at.
Relating back to a number of our past readings, the article discusses how instead of blogging replacing journalism, it is instead, in a position to enhance it. Note: the article is actually 'old' by today's media standards, but it is interesting to see the analysis of how each form remediated itself to accomodate the other.
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After reading George Landow's "Hypertext and Critical Theory" I realized that the hypertext media sounds more useful as a source of encyclopedic, references, journals, essays kind of literature rather than a story, or "'high' literature." I mean, I can imagine sitting reading some novel by Thomas Hardy, and thinking about the different aspects of society he is criticizing, and wanting to know more, and clicking on the links that will take me there, and reading a lot of material about Hardy's society, and me never finishing Jude the Obscure or any other of his novels. It would be a nightmare, but at the same time an easier format to access the vast amount of information regarding any particular aspect of what one is urrently reading.
"New Media" when it appears is new, a novelty, but as time elapses and as this new media evolves, the process in which it grows mocks the pattern of the old "new media." Does this make sense? What makes this "new media" truly a novelty, if for the most part what is new is just a new version of some old artifact whose name we- as in us regular people- don't even know? Is "new media" simply just a new version of something that already existed somewhere in a different era? But then again, this isn't completely true, there are is some "new media" that is new in its own nature. I am being redundant, but it works for me, I need to rewrite what we've already read to understand the concept to a greater extent than just the surface.
An example of a collaborative media growing with astronomical speed . . . YouTube. I saw this Forbes list of the top 10 disrupters of 2006, and thought it really illuminated the power of wiki technology (which YouTube could be considered!)
YouTube infamously got media giants to bow at their feet and relinquish control over video content -- further showing how sharing and collaborative posting are what matter in our "new mediated" world to a new generation of onliners. Also, note the cash Google forked over to YouTube founders for ownership . . . $1.65 billion. Wow. And the guys who started YouTube are only in their 20's. Make you feel a bit under-accomplished?
I found the following passage interesting. It is from "New Media from Borges to HTML"
"Thus in my view this book is not just an anthology of new media but also the first example of a radically new history of modern culture--a view from the future when more people will recognize that the true cultural innovators of the last decades of the twentieth century were interface designers, computer game designers, music video directors, and DJs--rather than painters, filmmakers, or fiction writers, whose fields remained relatively stable during this historical period." (16)
I do not believe that Lev Manovich is saying that people like Shakespeare, Van Gogh, etc. should be forgotten, but he does make the claim that we are moving from the romantic notion of an individual artist or author to this wave of new media. He believes the technological advancements in these new media forms are worthy accomplishments. In addition, the creators of these new media forms are the Shakespeares and Van Goghs of this generation.